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Knife seized, suspect thief arrested and searches carried out at Stratford Station - London

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Officers seized a five-inch knife, arrested a man for theft, found a missing person and carried out 15 searches as part of Operation Engulf at Stratford station.

The police action happened at rush hour on Thursday 10 January and aimed to tackle weapon enabled crime and violence on the rail network.

A 21-year-old man, Frederick Adjei, from West Bekton in London, was charged with possessing a bladed article. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court today (11/01).

A 34-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of theft, the investigation into this incident is being managed by the Metropolitan Police. 

In total, 30 people were stopped, 15 of those were subjected to Stop and Searches, Intelligence was also gathered to support existing investigations.

British Transport Police Chief Inspector John Loveless said: ‘These operations play an important part in keeping stations and trains safe and secure for everyone.

‘In the past year we did see an increase in violent crime on the network, but it’s important to note the chances of becoming a victim remain incredibly low, with one journey in a million involving any kind of violence.

‘Reducing incidents of violence and preventing individuals carrying weapons remains a top priority for British Transport Police, and operations such as these are designed to target and disrupt offenders intent on carrying weapons or being violent. Passengers and station staff remain the eyes and ears of the rail network and I would strongly encourage them to keep reporting anything of concern.’

If you have witnessed a crime or believe something is suspicious contact the British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016.

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